The Tanium 10 | NotPetya Ransomware Recap

Susan Nunziata Posted on 06.30.17 — by Susan Nunziata

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The Tanium 10 for the week ending June 30, 2017

  1. A global ransomware attack originating in the Ukraine had spread to at least 64 countries by press time, affecting a wide range of organizations. FedEx subsidiary TNT Express, British ad agency WPP, Denmark’s AP Moller-Maersk, and US pharmaceutical giant Merck were among those hit. Here’s a useful recap of the situation, which continues to unfold. (Editor’s note: If you’d like to know more from the Tanium POV, check out our blog.)
  2. We’re all accustomed to using the language of warfare to talk about cybercrime. What if we treated cybercrime as a disease, instead?  
  3. U.S. health insurance firm Anthem agreed to pay $115 million to settle a class-action suit brought as a result of a 2015 cyberattack, which reportedly exposed nearly 80 million customer records. The settlement deal is pending court approval, with a hearing scheduled for Aug. 17.
  4. Talk of a possible laptop ban on international flights had the workaholics among us hyperventilating earlier this week. Thankfully, the move has been delayed, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcing enhanced security measures instead. Let’s be careful out there!
  5. If you’re as fascinated by blockchain and digital currency as we are, make time to read The Ether Thief, which tells the riveting tale of the 2016 DAO hack and its aftermath, which affected the Ethereum cryptocurrency. The story gets weirder from there: Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin was the victim of a death hoax that wiped out $4 billion of its market value this week.  
  6. The U.S. Congress is looking to pave the way for driverless car testing nationwide. Don’t get too excited, though. There are a grand total of 14 bills being debated on the topic. Not wanting to wait for the feds, 22 states have already imposed their own driverless car regulations. Fasten those seat belts, kids, we’re in for a long, slow ride.
  7. Researchers proved out a 12-year-old vulnerability in the approach to memory management in Linux and BSD. In addition to being incredibly potent, the vulnerability is also going to be a challenge to patch. We’ll be watching this one closely, folks.
  8. Turnaround story of the week: How chipmaker AMD got its groove back.
  9. You probably don’t consider your cybersecurity team to be the “closers” you need to bring home a big merger or acquisition. Maybe you should. The banking industry has discovered the value of having cybersecurity experts weigh in during the final stages of a deal.
  10. What does “digital transformation” actually look like? For Western Union, the money-transfer service established in 1871, it looks like bots and Facebook Messenger.

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